Balcaniecaucaso Tells the Touching Story of Bulgaria's Gorna Bela Rechka
A small village in Northwestern Bulgaria - Gorna Bela Rechka is no exception to the sad relaity of the region - poor, desolated and seemingly asleep.
The story is not unlike that of many more Bulgarian small towns and villages. After heavy immigration and economic hardships, it seems that a number of the cities are destined to stop existing, despite the rich culture and traditions of the region.
There is, however, a ray of hope.
"The situation in north-western Bulgaria today is dramatic,'' said Mariana Asenova, a long time a reporter of Bulgarian National Television and now president of the cultural association "Nova Kultura" as well as of the Slow Food convivium of Gorna Bela Rechka. ''No need to hope for miracle solutions. But we have to start to build perspectives and hope."
She and her colleague Diana Ivanova engaged in the organization of the so-called Goatmik: Festval of Memories, in an attempt to preserve local cultural heritage.
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